Hoax Alert: Voortrekker Monument NOT Secretly Sold To Chinese

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  • by: Maarten Schenk


A year-old hoax is making the rounds in South Africa again. Supposedly the South African government has sold the Voortrekker Monument to Chinese developers in a quiet backroom deal. China was said to have has called this deal

The most idealest investment opportunity in South Africa ever.

According to Wikipedia:

The Voortrekker Monument commemorates the 'Voortrekkers', Afrikaner emigrants during the 1830s and 1840s who left the Cape Colony (British at the time, but founded by the Dutch) moving into the interior of what is now South Africa in what is known as the Great Trek. The Great Trek consisted of a number of mass movements under a number of different leaders.

The Chinese are said to be planning the conversion of the Voortrekker Monument into a shopping mall, but the name would remain the same, according to one 'Dieter Pieters', fictional spokesman for the Afrikaner civil rights group Afriforum:

You can sell the monument to whomever you want. But we want to categorically state that we oppose name changes in all its forms.

The story is entirely bogus and originates from a site called Banana Newsline, a now-defunct satirical blog which last posted a new story on May 1st 2015. For some reason the story recently went viral again, but it is still false...

(photo credit: Banana Newsline)

  Maarten Schenk

Lead Stories co-founder Maarten Schenk is our resident expert on fake news and hoax websites. He likes to go beyond just debunking trending fake news stories and is endlessly fascinated by the dazzling variety of psychological and technical tricks used by the people and networks who intentionally spread made-up things on the internet.  He can often be found at conferences and events about fake news, disinformation and fact checking when he is not in his office in Belgium monitoring and tracking the latest fake article to go viral.

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